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Lourdes-International Mass for the Order’s May pilgrimage celebrated by Cardinal Tomasi

A moving occasion: 6,000 members of the Order of Malta and the newly elected Grand Master, together with some hundreds of pilgrim guests, helpers and friends, celebrated together the first International Mass since the havoc of the pandemic, led by His Eminence Cardinal Silvio Tomasi.

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.